Extreme Wildfires Update

In the past 10 days, ‘Increasing Like Labor Pains’, Fearful Wildfires in ‘Diverse Places’; Winds fuel wildfires in California as blazes rage across US west. Governor Kate Brown told Oregonians to prepare for what could be “the greatest loss of life and structures due to wildfire in state history”.

Foreshadow Now, ‘Season of the End Times’:

Blog note. Jesus indicated that ‘fearful sights’ (various natural disasters) would occur leading up to the time known as the Tribulation and Great Tribulation (a combined seven year period of great destruction on earth). Although these types of things have occurred in the past for centuries and thousands of years, they could be identified as the ‘season of the times’ due to the ferociousness of these events. They would be occurring in greater intensity, severity, frequency, size, duration, scope … just like the pains that a woman experiences in labor the farther along she is in the labor process. We are in the ‘season of the times’ that comes just before the seven (7) year Tribulation/Great Tribulation period

… And great earthquakes shall be in diverse places, and famines, and pestilences; and fearful sights and great signs shall there be from heaven. (Luke 21:11).
… And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring; (Luke 21:25)
… Men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken; (Luke 21:26)
… This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. (2 Timothy 3:1)

Jesus is giving a series of prophecies about what to look for as the age of grace comes to a close. These verses are several of many such prophecies from throughout the Bible. 2017 was the worst year in recorded history for the intensity, frequency, severity, duration and occurrence of a large number of severe natural disasters worldwide. Earthquakes, volcanoes, hurricanes, typhoons, cyclones, torrential flooding, unprecedented wildfires in unusual places, devastating droughts, excessive/scorching heat setting records everywhere, record snowfalls in Europe and Russia. Snow in the Arabia. This list can go on. Most studied Eschatologists believe these ‘fearful sights’ and massive natural disasters are all part of the ‘CONVERGENCE’ of signs that this Biblical and prophetic age is closing. Most people who study prophecy are familiar with the routine reference(s) made that these things will be like a woman having labor.

Revelation 6:7-8 And when he had opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth beast say, Come and see. 8 And I looked, and behold a pale horse: and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him. And power was given unto them over the fourth part of the earth, to kill with sword, and with hunger, and with death, and with the beasts of the earth.

(‘fourth part’ = 25% = *7.7 billion x .25 = 1.93 billion people) *estimated earth population as of March 2020.

In the past 10 days, ‘Increasing Like Labor Pains’, Fearful Wildfires in ‘Diverse Places’; Winds fuel wildfires in California as blazes rage across US west. Governor Kate Brown told Oregonians to prepare for what could be “the greatest loss of life and structures due to wildfire in state history”.

Maanvi Singh in Oakland, Jason Wilson in Portland, and Victoria Bekiempis in New York

The Guardian•September 9, 2020

Large, fast-moving fires raged on across the American west on Wednesday, destroying hundreds of homes in the Pacific north-west and sending a dense plume of smoke that turned skies amber across parts of the region.

Related: California, Oregon and Washington battle dozens of fires – live updates

More than 85 significant wildfires are burning across the west. In California, high, dry winds stoked dozens of out-of-control blazes that have forced helicopter rescues and evacuations. In Washington, more acres burned in a single day than firefighters usually see all year, and the fires scorched farming town of Malden. Fires also forced people to flee in Oregon and Idaho.

“The geographic scale and intensity of what is transpiring is truly jarring,” wrote Daniel Swain, a climate scientist at the University of California, Los Angeles.

“What’s remarkable is that there’s so many fires,” said Chris Field, who directs the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment. “Even as someone whose job is to understand what’s happening, it’s really hard to keep up.”

In California, the Bear fire, which began in a remote northern region not far from the town of Paradise, expanded by about a quarter-million acres over a 24-hour period. The blaze threatened the town of Oroville, where residents are under evacuation warnings just three years after they were evacuated when heavy rains damaged the huge Oroville dam.

A vast cloud of smoke covered much of California on Wednesday, dimming the sun to an eerie orange glow in swathes of the region. “Smoke particles scatter blue light and only allow yellow-orange-red light to reach the surface, causing skies to look orange,” the Bay Area Air District said on Twitter.

In Oregon, wildfires covering some 375,000 acres were distributed in complexes throughout the entire length of Cascade Mountains, with many moving quickly towards its most populous cities. Blazes also sprung up in other forested areas in the state’s western third. Although no deaths had been confirmed by emergency services by Wednesday afternoon, in a press conference, Governor Kate Brown told Oregonians to prepare for what could be “the greatest loss of life and structures due to wildfire in state history”.

By Wednesday afternoon, parts of at least seven counties were subject to evacuation orders, in communities scattered across the length of the state, from the southern border to the Portland suburbs. These evacuations included much of the southern city of Medford (population 82,000), half of Clackamas county, which comprises the south-eastern part of the Portland metropolitan area, and parts of Washington county, on the city’s west.

The wholly uncontained Santiam fire, meanwhile, had burned over 159,000 acres by Wednesday, had forced evacuations in several small mountain communities, and sent thick smoke over the state capital, Salem, turning skies in the city blood red. As stretched fire crews struggled to contain the flames, three prisons in Oregon were evacuated on Tuesday night.

Throughout the region, firefighters have been racing to contain an onslaught of fire. The El Dorado fire in California’s San Bernardino national forest had spread across 11,259 acres and was 19% contained on Wednesday. The day before, 14 firefighters were trapped, suffering burns. Three were critically injured, and are being treated at a hospital in Fresno, the US Forest Service said.

The Creek fire, in the Sierra national forest, remained out of control, growing to nearly 153,000 acres and spurring the evacuation of more than 30,000 people in Madera and Fresno counties. The fire left dozens of campers and hikers stranded at the Vermilion Valley Resort, after the only road, snaking along a steep cliff, was closed on Sunday.

The Bobcat fire in Angeles national forest, which erupted shortly after noon Sunday, had already torn through more than 10,000 acres as of Wednesday morning. Authorities estimated it was burning at a rate of 1,000 acres every half hour and doubled in size from Tuesday to Wednesday. That area of brush had not seen a wildfire in six decades.

A dramatic temperature plunge, caused by an intrusion of polar air, helped slow wildfires in Colorado and Montana. Temperatures in Denver fell from over 100F (37.8C) on Saturday to 33F (0.6C) on Tuesday. Searing temperatures and orange, fire-tinged skies gave way to snow overnight, prompting Scott Dennings, a climate scientist at Colorado State University, to caption before and after photos with a Robert Frost poem: “Some say the world will end in fire, / Some say in ice.

Related: ‘Good morning, hell’: Californians awake to apocalyptic skies as wildfires rage

Although landscapes in California and much of the west are adapted to fire, global heating is driving more frequent and extreme fires. The massive flames across the region are alarming, and unprecedented, “What we’ve been experiencing, we’ve been expecting,” Field said. Climate change has given rise to fires that behave differently, burn more intensely and explosively and “are just harder for firefighters to fight”.

Decades of fire suppression – wherein the US government put out wildfires that were beneficial to the landscape – have also driven larger blazes. The government also criminalized the Indigenous practice of setting small intentional burns to clear out brush and prevent more damaging, destructive burns. “The way we are interacting with the ecosystems across the west is dramatically different now,” Field said.

The wildfires this week came as the region suffers its second historic heatwave since August and widespread drought has dried out vegetation.

California registered its first large fires this summer in mid-August, weeks ahead of peak fire season in the state, which comes in the autumn, when powerful offshore winds have stoked some of the state’s biggest, most dangerous blazes. The mid-August blazes were triggered by heat and a highly unusual bout of dry lightning.

“The word ‘historic’ is a term we use often in the state of California, but these numbers bear fruit,” Gavin Newsom, the state’s governor, said on Tuesday, calling the challenge ahead “extraordinary”.

“I have no patience for climate change deniers,” Newsom said. “That view is completely inconsistent with the reality on the ground, and the facts of our experiences. You may not believe it, but our own experiences tell a different story here in the state of California.”

In His Service,

Night Watchman

Paul Rolland

Night Watchman Ministries

Make Your Decision for Christ NOW!!!!!!! Time is Up!!!!!!!

Jesus Christ’s Offer of Salvation:

The ABCs of Salvation through Jesus Christ (the Lamb)

A. Admit/Acknowledge/Accept that you are sinner. Ask God’s forgiveness and repent of your sins.

. . . “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.” (Romans 3:23).

. . . “As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one.” (Romans 3:10).

. . . “If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.” (1 John 1:8).

B. Believe Jesus is Lord. Believe that Jesus Christ is who He claimed to be; that He was both fully God and fully man and that we are saved through His death, burial, and resurrection. Put your trust in Him as your only hope of salvation. Become a son or daughter of God by receiving Christ.

. . . “That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life. For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. (John 3:15-17). For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” (Romans 10:13).

C. Call upon His name, Confess with your heart and with your lips that Jesus is your Lord and Savior.

. . . “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” (Romans 10:9-10).

. . . “If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.” (John 1:8-10).

. . . “And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world. (John 2:2).

. . . “In this was manifested the love of god toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him. And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the Saviour of the world. Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwelleth in him, and he in God.” (1 John 4:9, 14-15).

. . . “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him. For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.” (Romans 5:8-10).

. . . “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” (Romans 6:23).

. . . “Jesus saith unto them, I am the way, the truth, and the life, no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” (John 14:6).

. . . “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to everyone that believeth.” (Romans 1:16).

. . . “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.” (Acts: 4:12).

. . . “Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth for there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.” (1 Timothy 2:4-6).

. . . “For God did not appoint us to suffer wrath but to receive salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ.” (1 Thessalonians 5:9).

. . . “But as many as received him, to them gave the power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name.” (John 1:12).

True Church / Bride of Christ Spared from God’s Wrath:

 Romans 5:8-10. “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him. For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.”

Romans 12:19Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.

1 Thessalonians 1:10. And to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, even Jesus, which delivered us from the wrath to come.

1 Thessalonians 5:9. For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ,

Romans 8:35. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?

Jeremiah 30:7. Alas! for that day is great, so that none is like it: it is even the time of Jacob’s trouble, but he shall be saved out of it.

Revelation 3:10 Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth.

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